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Wednesday Wake-up


I signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time last year, though for the past three years or so, I've actually written a novel during November.

This year, I'm looking forward to writing again as I found the time fun. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to be as involved in the writer's group I was with because of injuries and a snowstorm, but hey, that's life.
If you want to push yourself to write the first novel, or if you're feeling stuck and need the motivation, I'd encourage you to sign up for NaNoWriMo. There's plenty of time to find a story idea, and begin developing it out, and the people at NaNoWriMo provide resources to help as well.

Helen's Back

Before going into the great news about Helen (the loom), I want to remind everyone that I'll be at Appleumpkin in Wyoming NY tomorrow and Sunday. If you're in the Greater Niagara Region, and looking for something to do, come by and visit the Bridgette ni Brian booth right next to the Village Hall.

Onward to the good news - Helen's back! For those new to the blog, Helen is one of my two floor looms inherited from my grandma. To follow the story so far, visit these two older posts here and here.

What had started out as a good idea ended up being a not-so-great-idea, and Helen has sat alone for the better part of the past year with a warp waiting to be used while we tried to decide how best to string her up again. Finally, my enterprising younger sister came up with an idea - parachute cord or the interior therewith.

Having cut open the parachute cord, we were able to utilize the interior strands to thread up Helen. As you can see, she's up and working again. She's st…

Wednesday Wake-up

Missing Time

Sometimes, the hardest part of writing is publishing - if that is the path you choose. When I was in college, wiser heads than mine reminded me that it wasn't easy to be published, and I should try some other avenues first.

When I started submitting my novels to publishers, they suggested I write for magazines first to develop a name. When I submitted stories and articles to magazines, they enjoyed the items, but weren't looking for anything at the moment.

All of this is wise and wonderful advice, but difficult to navigate a particular path. What I wish someone had told me was to focus on the missing time. The time where nothing happened in the novel's storyline, but time passed. The story that everyone knows, but happened before the novel's timeline.

Missing time is a spot to develop story ideas either into shorter stories or novellas. It's the murky part of a story where characters and events happen, but not within the context of a novel. It also can be a wonderf…

Come by and Visit

I'll be at Canalside in Buffalo NY tomorrow for our second-to-last Saturday. Due to the storm coming through, do make certain to check to see if we're going to schedule either through my Bridgette ni Brian Facebook page (here) or the Saturday Artisan Market's Facebook page (here)

Wednesday Wake-up

What Scares You?

I've heard it said quite a few times over the past year that the thing which scares you the most is the thing you need to do.

To put it another way - what is it that if you do not do it, you know you will regret not doing it? Is it submitting a story to a publisher? Writing a story about a dark past? Is it even saying "I'm a writer" to someone you know?

Over the summer, I've been trying to figure out what to do next. How I am to proceed with my writing and art career? Sometimes, though, what I should do, I don't based solely on the fear of rejection. I have a novel submission ready to go, but I haven't sent it in yet, because I'm scared the novel will be rejected - a lousy reason, I admit, but it's a real one.

Sometimes, it's not the adventure which scares us, it's the facing of the unknown - the first step taking us from the safe world we know into the dangerous unknown. I love the quote from J.R.R. Tolkien's, The Lord of the Rings, w…

The Comfort of Fiber

Here in the US it's a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives on 11 September 2001. I happened to be a sophomore in college that day, and still remember where I was and what I was doing. I think most people old enough to have memories, remember those odd things.

Today, we have mobile phones with cameras able to take still shots and videos. We have the ability to instantly send messages around the world and even into outer space. The world I was born into in the early 1980s, and the world I currently live in are vastly different worlds, almost to the point in which I sometimes wonder if I could ever be stuck back in time. It would feel similar, but so far removed from what I knew to be confusing.

One thing which remains is textiles. The ancient crafts of weaving and spinning, along with newer crafts such as knitting and quilting, have remained constant throughout humanity's lifespan. To me it's been an interesting observation how the more technologically advanced …

Wednesday Wake-up

End of Summer

Happy Labor Day to those of you in the US. For those outside the US, it's Labor Day here in America - a day where everyone kicks back, relaxes, and most of the town shuts down so we can celebrate a day off of labor.

I think.

Originally began back in the late 1800s as a way to celebrate the "workingman", the labor unions began taking the first Monday in September off to relax. Eventually, it became a national holiday. For Americans, it marks the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn.

I hope everyone enjoys their day, and the looks forward to the new season.

Fiber Friday

At the beginning of August, my church held it's VBS (Vacation Bible School) - a week of focusing on lessons from the Bible with fun craft activities, games and skits. The theme this year was Nazareth in the time of Christ.

The leaders wanted a few artisan activities, and I was asked to be the weaver which I thought enjoyable. For one night, I taught the children how weaving was done by having them help me weave a wall-hanging for the church. Afterwards, I still had plenty of warp left on the loom, not to mention some fun yarn I had purchased, so I continued on with weaving wall-hangings.

What started out as playing with the yarn turned into an experiment with the yarn which turned into a series I entitled, Women's Work. I think the process will be on-going partly because I like how the projects turned out, and partly because I think it's an interesting concept.

Mundane Beauty focuses on the everyday beauty we find in our daily rhythms, but sometimes overlook because we'…

Wednesday Wake-up